West Bengal Assembly election voting percentage LIVE: Till now, Burdwan Dakshin Assembly constituency has reported the highest voter turnout at 28.00 percent
West Bengal Assembly election voting percentage Latest Update: Till now, Burdwan Dakshin Assembly constituency has reported the highest voter turnout at 28.00 percent.
A total of 45 assembly constituencies of West Bengal across five districts in North Benal and the Hills are set to go to the polls on Saturday with over one crore voters getting to decide the fate of 342 candidates.
The elections are being conducted amid a raging second wave of Covid infection as the state recorded its highest-single-day spike of 6,910 new cases in a day on Friday, a day before the fifth phase polls.
Voting will be held at 15,789 polling stations spread across 16 seats in North 24 Parganas, eight seats in Purba Bardhaman and Nadia each, seven seats in Jalpaiguri, five seats in Darjeeling and one in Kalimpong district.
Prominent names in the fifth phase include Siliguri Mayor and Left Front leader Ashok Bhattacharya, state ministers Gautam Deb and Bratya Basu and BJP’s Samik
The phase is crucial for the ruling Trinamool Congress, which is hoping to better its 2016 tally of 32 seats, even as a resurgent BJP looks to make inroads. The Left-Congress alliance had bagged 10 seats in the assembly elections five years ago.
Campaigning for the fifth phase ended on Wednesday with the EC having increased the ‘silence period’ from 48 to 72 hours in view of the Cooch Behar violence.
Elections have been held in 135 constituencies so far, and the remaining 159 seats are set to go to polls between 17 and 29 April.
In the fourth phase, West Bengal recorded an approximate voter turnout of 78.43 percent across 44 constituencies in five districts, whereas in the third phase the state saw 77.68 percent turnout.
West Bengal recorded 83.95 percent polling in the second phase while 84.3 percent voters exercised their franchise in the first phase.
With inputs from PTI